12 Most Tremendous Quotes about Teachers
The start of school is full of possibilities. As a new school year dawns, take a moment (or 12) to reflect on the incredible, indelible impact teachers have on all of us. After all, we never stop learning. And we have teachers to thank for showing us that!
1. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein
2. “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.” ~ Brad Henry
3. “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” ~ Andy Rooney
4. “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” ~ Lee Iacocca
5. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” ~ Alexander the Great
6. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Adams
7. “Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help.” ~ Bodhidharma
8. “One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” ~ Philip Wylie
9. “I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.” ~ Scott Hamilton
10. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” ~ Mark Van Doren
11. “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” ~ Khalil Gibran
12. “Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” ~ Sidney Hook
In my 20’s, after moving half a country away from my hometown, I tracked down my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Ruth Halverson, and told her that she made a deep and wonderful impact on my life. (I never did love math, but she made me believe I could excel at math or anything else that I was determined to master.) Teaching was a second career for her, and I knew she was getting up in years. I actually felt a sense of relief after talking with her — it wasn’t too late.
It takes decades, sometimes, for teachers to see the results of their dedication, passion and work. Consider looking up a teacher who made a significant difference in your life and letting them know it. And if you made such a call — or received such a call — it’d be great to hear about that in the comments section.
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